Irish people 'most likely to use legal highs'
Irish youngsters are most likely to have used legal highs at 22pc, compared to an EU average of 8pc.
According to a new study by Eurobarometer on young people and drugs, Ireland has the highest number of young people who have used cannabis in the past year (28pc) compared to an EU average of 17pc.
The survey showed a number of disturbing finding.
Only 58pc of young Irish people have never taken cannabis, third lowest in Europe and well below the EU average of 69pc.
Furthermore young Irish people are less likely to consider regular cannabis use to be high risk at 46pc than the EU average of 63pc.
Almost three-quarters of those surveyed believed it would be ‘fairly easy’ to obtain cannabis.
Ireland has the third lowest number of young people who think that new substances should be banned under any circumstances at 29pc, compared to an EU average of 35pc.
However, 5pc think they should only be banned if they pose a risk to health, EU average of 47pc.
Young Irish people are less likely to consider regular alcohol use to be high risk at 42pc than the EU average of 57pc.